Sonar: Static Motion (Cuneiform Records)
The multinational instrumental quartet Sonar includes a mathematics professor, a software developer and a multimedia artist. In other words, not only can these guys play; they also have brains. On their second album, Static Motion, they rely on symmetry, aesthetics and precision to create as much music with as little material as possible. The result? Repetition without redundancy. By adding a dash of hip-hop here, creating uneasy tension there and making as much use of Christian Kuntner’s thick bass as the project’s parameters permit, Sonar extends the sonic impact of two guitars, bass and drums. This is challenging listening for musical purists.